Saints game created a small earthquake in Seattle


Another game against New Orleans, and another earthquake. Long known to be one of loudest home crowds in football, when Seahawks fans jump for joy, the earth moves. Last Monday night, as YouWager’s dedicated NFL football wagering fans saw the Seattle Seahawks beat the New Orleans Saints 34-7, to clinch a spot in the playoffs, Seattle’s fans were making history, too. They set the Guinness World Record for noise at an outdoor sports stadium, with 137.6 decibels. Seahawks fans cheered so enthusiastically during Seattle’s contest with New Orleans, their jumping and stomping actually registered as an earthquake.

When Michael Bennett, a defensive end for Seattle, recovered a fumble in the first quarter and ran for a touchdown, the crowd went wild. A seismometer, operated by the Northwest Seismic Network to chart the earth’s movement in Washington and Oregon, recorded a quake between a magnitude of 1 and 2.

It’s not the first time.

Almost three years ago, when Marshawn Lunch ran for a thrilling touchdown in another important pre-playoffs matchup with the Saints, the same machine registered a minor earthquake. Some online sportsbook bettors called it “Beast Quake.”

John Vidale, a professor of earth and space sciences at the University of Washington, is also director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, the organization that monitors seismic activity in the region. Vidale told a YouWager news source that by stomping and jumping up and down, fans can make Seattle’s large stadium shake and move back and forth. ”It’s sort of what you see when a car rocks back and forth,” he said. ”People unconsciously get the stadium moving, sort of like the wave.”

Vidale said the stadium, built on pilings in soft ground, is supposed to move some. In an earthquake zone, structural engineers deliberately design buildings to be flexible. Stiff structures could crack, break, or fall. John Hooper, a structural engineer in Seattle, told YouWager’s source that small quakes could conceivably occur anytime a very large number of people move together, at the same time. In Seattle, experts happened to be watching and measuring with seismic instruments. These instruments recorded small tremors that coincided with peaks in the game against New Orleans.

Hooper says it could happen again this Sunday in San Francisco, another earthquake zone, when the Seahawks take on their NFC West rival, the San Francisco 49ers. Seattle fans have said they are hoping they can do it again. ”They’re very enthusiastic and it shows,” Hooper told YouWager’s source.


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